South Elgin girls volleyball coach Joni Plach knows her team can play like it did Thursday.
She would just like to see it more.
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The Storm dominated Elgin, 25-11, 25-11, in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play in South Elgin.
"We have the potential to play this well all year," Plach said. "We just haven't been. We have a lot of talent on our team. It's just about getting motivated and playing hard all the time."
The Maroons (1-23-2, 0-4) scored 4 of the first 5 points for a 4-1 lead. South Elgin (13-7-3, 3-1) responded with a 5-0 run, including getting 2 kills and a block from senior Alison Osborne.
The Storm, which was coming off a victory over Lake Park on Tuesday, increased the lead to 19-7 after an ace from Karlee Bradley. Elgin got within 9, 19-10, following an ace from Hope Demel. An Osborne kill and 2 kills from Ashley Oandasan gave South Elgin a 23-10 lead. Two Elgin errors eventually gave the Storm the opening-game win.
"We had a lot of energy," Osborne said. "We came out strong and knew we wanted the win."
South Elgin jumped out to a 13-3 lead in Game 2 after back-to-back aces from Samantha Kummerer. An Osborne block game the Storm a 24-10 lead and match point. After an service error by the Storm, a hitting error by Elgin ended the match.
"Too many simple, little silly errors," Maroons coach Scott Stewart said. "Silly things that we shouldn't be doing at this point of the year. We looked really slow."
Osborne finished with 6 kills and 9 digs. Alyssa Montag led the Storm with 7 kills. Amanda Nadler added 4 kills and 2 blocks.
Demel led the Maroons with 2 kills, 5 assists and a block. Jackie Shioli also had 2 kills.